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Calls for cut in tax on alcohol

THE Government is being asked to cut tax on drinks in an attempt to stem the dramatic plunge in the pub trade.

The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (Digi) said the proposed 2pc VAT hike will squeeze bar-owners even tighter at a time when they are facing "meltdown".

The group, which represents manufacturers as well as traders, has called for a 10pc drop in excise duty on alcohol.

Donall O'Keeffe, Digi secretary and chief executive of the Licensed Vintners Association, warned the VAT increase without any off-setting measures will cost more jobs.

Men's diet can aid IVF success

The chances of a successful IVF treatment increase if men have a diet high in fruit and grains, and low in red meat, alcohol and coffee, a new study found.

While female reproductive problems have been linked to body weight as well as smoking and drinking, it hasn't been clear before now if the same applies to men during IVF treatment.

The study involved 250 men in Brazil who were asked how often they ate a range of foods, including fruits and vegetables, beans, grains, meat and fish, as well as how much they drank and smoked.

Khmer Rouge chiefs on trial

Three top Khmer Rouge leaders accused of orchestrating Cambodia's "killing fields" went on trial today before a UN-backed tribunal more than three decades after some of the 20th century's worst atrocities.

The charges against the surviving inner circle of the communist movement -- all now in their 80s -- include crimes against humanity, genocide, religious persecution, homicide and torture stemming from their 1975-79 reign of terror.